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Juliette van Krieken-Pieters, ed., Art and Archaeology of Afghanistan: Its Fall and Survival. Pp. 412, Brill, Leiden & Boston, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-90-04-15182-6, ISBN-10:90-04-15182-6.

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 September 2007

Reviewed by James A. R. Nafziger
Willamette University College of Law. Email:


Cultural heritage law is growing up in a paradoxical environment of global discourse. One might think that the amazing advancements in information technology and the gradual emergence of civil society throughout the world would help ensure more effective diplomacy and international collaboration to protect cultural material. Instead, the discourse about issues of cultural heritage too often reflects the worst of international relations in today's world: Diplomacy remains polarized and the legal framework adversarial. Afghanistan's recent experience is a case in point.

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